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Median weekly earnings of full-time workers increased 4.0 percent in 2019

January 24, 2020

In the fourth quarter of 2019, median weekly earnings of the nation's 118.3 million full-time wage and salary workers were $936, an increase of 4.0 percent from a year earlier ($900). This increase compared with a gain of 2.0 percent in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) over the same period. In the fourth quarter of 2019, women had median weekly earnings of $843, or 82.5 percent of the $1,022 median for men. Over the year, median weekly earnings for men increased 2.9 percent, compared with 6.2 percent for women.

Percent change in median usual weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers by age and sex, 4th quarter 2018 to 4th quarter 2019
Total Total Men Women
12-month percent change 4th quarter 2018 median weekly earnings 4th quarter 2019 median weekly earnings 12-month percent change 4th quarter 2018 median weekly earnings 4th quarter 2019 median weekly earnings 12-month percent change 4th quarter 2018 median weekly earnings 4th quarter 2019 median weekly earnings

16 years and over

4.0% $900 $936 2.9% $993 $1,022 6.2% $794 $843

16 to 19 years

4.7 $472 $494 2.4 $501 $513 3.2 $437 $451

20 to 24 years

3.7 $594 $616 4.3 $624 $651 4.8 $558 $585

25 to 34 years

6.8 $820 $876 4.6 $877 $917 6.8 $763 $815

35 to 44 years

5.1 $996 $1,047 4.5 $1,112 $1,162 5.2 $877 $923

45 to 54 years

3.3 $1,006 $1,039 3.2 $1,138 $1,174 3.8 $876 $909

55 to 64 years

1.5 $1,037 $1,053 -0.3 $1,191 $1,188 3.0 $895 $922

65 years and over

3.1 $914 $942 6.0 $1,037 $1,099 8.6 $757 $822

Median weekly earnings for full-time wage and salary workers ages 25 to 34 years increased from $820 in the fourth quarter of 2018 to $876 in the fourth quarter of 2019, or 6.8 percent. Median weekly earnings for men in that age group increased 4.6 percent over that period, from $877 to $917. For women in that age group, median weekly earnings increased from $763 to $815, or an increase of 6.8 percent.

From the fourth quarter of 2018 to the fourth quarter of 2019, median weekly earnings for workers ages 55 to 64 increased 1.5 percent, less than the 2.0-percent increase in the CPI-U over the same period. In this age group, median weekly earnings for women increased 3.0 percent, compared with a 0.3-percent decrease for men.

These data are from the Current Population Survey and are not seasonally adjusted. For more information, see "Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers: Fourth Quarter 2019." Also see more charts of usual weekly earnings data. Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more per week at their sole or main job. The median is the midpoint in the earnings distribution; half of workers earn more than the median and half earn less.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Median weekly earnings of full-time workers increased 4.0 percent in 2019 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2020/median-weekly-earnings-of-full-time-workers-increased-4-point-0-percent-in-2019.htm (visited October 30, 2020).

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